• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sweltering excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness "a sweltering room","sweltering athletes"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sweltering Sweltry; sultry; suffocating with heat.
    • sweltering Ready to perish with heat; faint with heat.
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  • Buddha
    “The Buddhas do but tell the way; it is for you to swelter at the task.”


In literature:

It was swelteringly hot by this time, and, as may be imagined, we were all dead tired after our long night's work.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
The whole of the enclosed space became a sweltering mass.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was a sweltering night and people were mostly outdoors.
"The Desert Fiddler" by William H. Hamby
Watching it, again, when it has been tolerably well sweltered, you will see air-bubbles incessantly escaping.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865" by Various
Then there is hot weather, perhaps up in the eighties, and Californians grumble, swelter and rustle for summer clothes.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
It was a sweltering afternoon of little air, and that little as hot and dry in the nostrils as the atmosphere of a laundry on ironing day.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Had I not sweltered in the Hold of a Transport Ship?
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
There was a long silence, during which the boys sweltered in their close confinement.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
The heat was sweltering, but there was no rest.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
We started in the sweltering heat of the plains of India in the hottest season.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband

In poetry:

All through the sultry sweltering day
The sweat ran down my brow,
The still plains heard my distant strokes
That have been silenced now.
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We've sweltered in the Tropics
When the pitch boiled through the deck—
And saved our hides and little besides
In an ice-cold North Sea wreck.
"Seafarer" by Anonymous Americas
In such a sweltering day as this
A knapsack is the devil!
And if on t'other side I sat
It would not only spoil our chat
But make me seem uncivil.
"The Cross Roads" by Robert Southey
On the verandah of his hut, at Brazzaville,
By sweltering Congolese moonlight
A minor colonial bureaucrat
Thumbs the ‘Poèsies’ of Alfred de Musset...
"West Africa" by Henry Jean-Marie Levet
These nothing want, are nameless loam;
But hungrier bones we knew as boys
Stand gauntly erect or swelter out their doom,
Live grist to the machine that still destroys;
And wolves sing harvest-home.
"Pastoral" by Lilian Bowes Lyon
He ought to have known me better than that,
By the tracks we tramped far out --
The sweltering scrub and the blazing flat,
When the heat came down through each old felt hat
In the hell-born western drought.
"Since Then" by Henry Lawson

In news:

But a startup in Manhattan — which swings from sweltering to frigid every year — is getting ready to test a solution for the too-hot/too-cold dilemma of city dwellers with antique steam radiators .
It's a sweltering mid-summer Friday night, February 24th.
On August 2, 1924, during a sweltering heat wave, Father W.J.
A CENTURY or two ago, there was not much glamour or fun in running the British empire in India, with its sweltering cities and small towns baking on the plains.
Public pools help with summer swelter , but swimmers should beware of infections.
Maybe This Will Cool You Off (if You're in the US Swelter Belt).
Man dies in a sweltering trailer.
Woman charged with boy's death in sweltering day care SUV.
Sweltering Summer Heat Stifles Back-To-School Sales.
Sweltering heat, an 'Olympic boom' and Missouri football's return.
Cubs stay hot in sweltering Atlanta.
Thousands of chickens and turkeys die in Virginia from sweltering heat, power outage.
LOS ANGELES—Californians are shivering through chilly weather just a week after they sweltered in a heat wave—and more heat's coming.
A packed and sweltering courthouse somewhere in the South.
0This summer's drought and sweltering heat have been hard on corn crops, and researchers at Clemson University are looking at alternative foods for the country's cattle.